RSSAuthor Archive for David Propper

Split Southeast Town Board Approves Crossroads Rezoning

Split Southeast Town Board Approves Crossroads Rezoning

By Neal Rentz  A split Southeast Town Board approved rezoning for the proposed Crossroads 312 retail and hotel project during a special meeting on Feb. 26, a defining vote for a proposal that has proved to be wildly controversial, especially in recent months. Voting to amend Chapter 138 of the town code were Councilmen Edwin […]

Putnam Women’s Networking Group to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

Putnam Women’s Networking Group to Celebrate Five-Year Anniversary

Connecting local businesswomen with other local businesswomen has been a passion for Jamie Imperati since she started Professional Women of Putnam (PWP) five years ago. As that fifth anniversary is going to be marked this March, Imperati, a Mahopac resident, has never been more excited about the direction her organization is going in. “It’s a […]

Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

Walk into Ristorante Spadafora on any given evening, and it’s easy to feel like family. Inside the Mahopac restaurant, an intimate space owned by Antonino Cannavo, a family atmosphere awaits for hungry customers ready for appetizing Italian and Sicilian food and a welcoming smile from a friendly staff that money can’t buy. On a strikingly […]

Discussion for Ban on Plastic Bags Underway by Putnam Lawmakers

Discussion for Ban on Plastic Bags Underway by Putnam Lawmakers

As some supermarkets move toward eliminating plastic bags from their inventory, Putnam County legislators are looking for an outright ban on the plastic shopping bags countywide. On the same week Putnam lawmakers were nearing a ban of polystyrene products in county buildings, the county Legislature’s Health Committee is now exploring outlawing plastic bags that are […]

Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

Butterfield Public Hearing Set for March as Project Moves Forward

By Janine Bowen A public hearing regarding the proposed Butterfield redevelopment project has been set for March 4, but not everybody is happy with the project moving forward so soon. Cold Spring Planning Board member Arne Saari was opposed to having the public hearing at the March meeting, stating that he is concerned about the […]

Merandy, Molloy to Square Off for Cold Spring Mayoral Seat

Merandy, Molloy to Square Off for Cold Spring Mayoral Seat

As five different candidates jump into the fray that is the Cold Spring election cycle, the only certainty known before the results roll in a month from now is, regardless of who wins what, the village board is set to be comprised of a completely different make-up of local lawmakers. With the trio of current […]

Legislators Leaning Toward Styrofoam Ban in All County Buildings

Legislators Leaning Toward Styrofoam Ban in All County Buildings

A polystyrene ban in all Putnam County governmental facilities took possibly one of its final steps toward becoming a reality last Thursday, when legislators voiced support for the legislation after hearing from styrofoam lobbyists who were hoping to thwart the attempted local law. During a lengthy Rules Committee meeting, legislators heard from advocates on both […]

Rejected: Appeal from Suspended Player Turned Down

Rejected: Appeal from Suspended Player Turned Down

A suspended Mahopac student-athlete, barred from any sport activities for the rest of his senior year, lost his fight to overturn the ruling handed down by the Mahopac administration last week when the Board of Education denied his appeal. The Mahopac basketball player—who saw his team’s 6-13 season end in the outbracker round of the […]

Appeal of Suspended Mahopac Player Squashed by Board of Ed

Appeal of Suspended Mahopac Player Squashed by Board of Ed

A suspended Mahopac student-athlete, barred from any sport activities for the rest of his senior year, lost his fight to overturn the ruling handed down by the Mahopac administration last week when the Board of Education denied his appeal. The Mahopac basketball player—who saw his team’s 6-13 season end in the outbracker round of the […]

Firing Back: Former Putnam Commissioner Sues County, Odell for Old Job Back

Firing Back: Former Putnam Commissioner Sues County, Odell for Old Job Back

Though Putnam County is already moving ahead with its plan to find a new Bureau of Emergency Services Commissioner, the Patterson resident who once occupied that position is suing the county to reclaim his old job. Former emergency services commissioner Adam Stiebeling has filed a lawsuit against the county in Putnam County Supreme Court, arguing he was illegally […]

PHC Sees 1st MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement Case

PHC Sees 1st MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Replacement Case

“Can I dance?” Carmen Gracia asked mere hours after receiving a partial knee replacement at Putnam Hospital Center. Gracia was able to get out of her hospital bed shortly after the minimally invasive procedure, the first of its kind at Putnam Hospital Center. “I feel fine,” she said as she walked with assistance down the […]

Ryan to Retire as Carmel School Chief at End of School Year

Ryan to Retire as Carmel School Chief at End of School Year

When Dr. James Ryan first came to the Carmel Central School District, he and the Board of Education talked about what the two sides wanted to see accomplished during his tenure as head of the district. After beginning his Carmel career in 2008, that career is set to end in 2015, as Ryan announced his […]

Business Profile: Jack’s Clubhouse, Brewster

Business Profile: Jack’s Clubhouse, Brewster

When children come to Jack’s Clubhouse, owner Leanne Murphy really wants them to unplug. In a world where children at increasingly younger ages are hooked on computers and mesmerized by screens, the concept of running around seems to be lost. “If you do take those away, they really do start to get the imagination going,” […]

Despite Heroic Actions in NYC, PV Firefighter Remains Humble

Despite Heroic Actions in NYC, PV Firefighter Remains Humble

When Frank Rush III spoke to his son Frances IV on Jan. 23 over the phone, the 27-year-old told his father about his day in New York City. But one thing he left out in his short conversation with his father was easily the most important thing: He helped save a life that day. Frances […]

Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

Business Profile: Ristorante Spadafora, Mahopac

Walk into Ristorante Spadafora on any given evening, and it’s easy to feel like family. Inside the Mahopac restaurant, an intimate space owned by Antonino Cannavo, a family atmosphere awaits for hungry customers ready for appetizing Italian and Sicilian food and a welcoming smile from a friendly staff that money can’t buy. On a strikingly […]

Slowly Underway, Fiscal Commission Looks for Cost Savings Measures

Slowly Underway, Fiscal Commission Looks for Cost Savings Measures

Working without an audience, and in relative obscurity, the brainstorming that stems from Putnam County’s Commission for Fiscal Vision and Accountability could be the catalyst for future cost saving initiatives and consolidation, at least that’s the hope that commission members expressed last week. Only a few meetings into the newly formed commission after it was […]

Local Residents Pitch in to Help Mahopac Fire Victims

Local Residents Pitch in to Help Mahopac Fire Victims

Mahopac resident Denise Dundrea is a popular person in town. She is accommodating to those who come to the Fulmer Road Elementary School where she works at the front desk, greeting visitors with a smile. She is also helpful to the customers she works with at the local Stop & Shop. Dundrea’s daughter, Corrin, is […]

Game’s Not Over Yet: Mahopac Player to Appeal Suspension

Game’s Not Over Yet: Mahopac Player to Appeal Suspension

The investigation may have been completed and subsequent punishment handed down, but the Mahopac basketball player suspended for the remainder of the boy basketball season isn’t done fighting yet. The father of the suspended Mahopac player told The Putnam Examiner his family plans to appeal the decision made by Mahopac administrators that excludes his son, […]

For or Against, Southeast Board Gets Earful on Crossroads 312

For or Against, Southeast Board Gets Earful on Crossroads 312

The long awaited public hearing about the Crossroads 312 proposed project finally arrived Thursday night, and residents certainly made their thoughts about a possible zoning change loud and clear from both sides of the spectrum. For more than two hours, the Southeast town board heard from a long line of residents that either wanted to […]

As Crossroads 312 Public Hearing Approaches, Opinions Sharply Divided

As Crossroads 312 Public Hearing Approaches, Opinions Sharply Divided

Ahead of a highly anticipated public hearing focused on the proposed Crossroads 312 project, the developers for the plan are taking a proactive approach in hopes of swaying public opinion, while residents who oppose the project are working just as hard to win in the court of the community’s opinion. According to a press release […]

Allegations of Racism Probed During Mahopac-Carmel Basketball Game

Allegations of Racism Probed During Mahopac-Carmel Basketball Game

For the second time in as many boys’ basketball seasons, the Mahopac Central School District is investigating charges of racial slurs used during a basketball game. Less than a year after eight Mahopac students were suspended for racist tweets posted online directed at the Mount Vernon basketball team, Superintendent of Schools Brian Monahan sent an […]

Business Profile: Kine Buddies, Brewster

Business Profile: Kine Buddies, Brewster

When Kine Buddies officially opened this month, the idea of the store was both advantageous, yet still simply explained, by co-owner Eric Peterson. “The idea of the whole store was to take back Brewster,” Peterson said. “For 20 years we had a situation where nobody in this town of Southeast comes down here and no […]

Concern Surrounds Future of Little Fill’s Causeway in Kent

Concern Surrounds Future of Little Fill’s Causeway in Kent

As “Little Fill’s Causeway” on Nichols Street continues to deteriorate, Town of Kent officials are exploring options to repair the road before it reaches a point where it might be closed off to traffic. Collaborating with town, Putnam County, New York State, and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection officials, Kent councilman Bill Huestis […]

Summer Camp in Place in Town of Carmel

Summer Camp in Place in Town of Carmel

Though Carmel residents may be bundling up for frigid wind chills, it is not too early to plan for the summer and warm weather activities. Carmel Recreation Director Jim Gilchrist said registration will be accepted for its summer youth programs in March and information about the programs are currently available for the six-week summer camp […]

Jambor in Running for Board of Regents Position

Jambor in Running for Board of Regents Position

In the search for a new member to join the Board of Regents, state representatives interviewed the only Putnam County resident vying for the position: Brewster Board of Education president Stephen Jambor. New York State Assembly members publicly interviewed Jambor Friday morning at Greenburgh Town Hall in Westchester County. He’s one of several candidates from […]

PV Library Back Open, But Construction Not Done Yet

PV Library Back Open, But Construction Not Done Yet

When Putnam Valley Library director Kathleen McLaughlin came to work on Dec. 18, for the first time in more than a year, the community was more than welcome to join her. After having severely limited services and essentially shutting its doors to town residents, the Putnam Valley Free Library is finally back open for business. […]

Legislature Leadership Remains Unchanged for 2015

Legislature Leadership Remains Unchanged for 2015

It may be a different year, but the Putnam County Legislature elected the same two officials to leadership positions during the legislature’s annual organizational meeting Legislator Carl Albano was chosen as chairman and Legislator Ginny Nacerino was picked as deputy chairwoman, though the selections didn’t come without narrow votes to determine it. Albano regained chairmanship […]

Former Southeast Woman Jumps to Death

Former Southeast Woman Jumps to Death

A former Southeast resident apparently jumped to her death on Dec. 30, leaping from a bridge along Interstate 84 near Brewster. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Kathleen Kondrat, 69, a Putnam resident who lived on Shady Lane in Southeast before moving to Danbury, CT six months ago died after injuries sustained from the […]

Last of his Kind: Oliverio Departs from Legislature After 18 Years

Last of his Kind: Oliverio Departs from Legislature After 18 Years

In a county where politics can be unparalleled, unpredictable and unforgiving, outgoing Legislator Sam Oliverio has remained a constant at the county level for the last 18 years, an impressive feat for a man who in high school aspired to one day become the president of the United States. Talking with a past classmate recently […]

Business of the Week: Westchester Putnam Pottery, Mahopac

Business of the Week: Westchester Putnam Pottery, Mahopac

What do you do when you’re unable to find fun activities in your hometown? If you’re Debbie Albanese, you open a paint-your-own pottery studio. Albanese opened Westchester Putnam Pottery in November. “I’ve always had a love for art and did pottery as a hobby for years,” she says. “There are no opportunities for that kind […]